Next season – 2022/2023
OUR DAY OUT
31st August – 3rd September, 2022
When Mrs Kay’s ‘Progress Class’ are unleashed for a day’s coach trip to Conway Castle in Wales, it is an exuberant celebration of the joys and agonies of growing up and being footloose, fourteen and free from school. But this is more than a romp – it points up the depressing present and empty future for these comprehensive no-hopers from the backstreets of Liverpool, for whom a day out is as much as they can expect.
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
26th – 29th October, 2022
In October 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, , tortured and left, alone, to die. His body — battered, bloody, barely clinging to life — was discovered eighteen hours later. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. He died five days later. The reason for this brutal crime? Matthew Shepard was gay.
THE LADY IN THE VAN
15th – 18th February, 2023
The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett’s somewhat strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, a crabby, eccentric, and unsanitary homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s, before allowing her to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home “for three months”.
A LETTER OF RESIGNATION
19th – 22nd April, 2023
Life was changing. Britain was becoming a different place. To many people, Harold Macmillian, the Prime Minister, seemed outdated and irrelevant – an Edwardian grandee lingering uncomfortably in the world of E-type Jaguars, Carnaby Street and TV’s That Was The Week That Was. But few were aware that his life was scarred by domestic unhappiness and sexual betrayal. A Letter Of Resignation explores the events that lay hidden behind the headlines and examines a complex web of personal and political morality. “Never explain, never apologise, never repent the mistake” – Not a bad motto for a life in politics.
31st May – 3rd June, 2023